The Archbishop Of Armagh”s Presidential Address At The Armagh Diocesan Synod 2014 : “People Of Hope Rather Than People Of Fear”

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, delivered his Presidential Synod Address this morning at the 2014 Armagh Diocesan Synod in the Alexander Synod Hall, Church House, Armagh. He spoke of being ‘people of hope rather than people of fear’.

Speaking on the themes of the international threats of both ISIL and the Ebola virus, Archbishop Clarke said: ‘Only when we can grasp, and accept in our hearts, that in God’s eyes there are no “people like us” and “people not like us”, can we begin the process of bringing hope, a hope that begins with real solidarity, to those around us.’ He continued: ‘From the very first book of the Scriptures, we are told firmly that every human person has a total value and dignity and a unique purpose in God’s eyes, for every human person is made in His image and likeness. This essential truth is given its fullest expression – its complete expression – in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and in his death and resurrection. This is the basis of all hope, and it is not merely “hope” as an interesting theological formulation, it is a hope that must …read more

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